Are CBD Pills the Right Application Method for You?

By Harris Wheless
Michele Blackwell

Since hemp was legalized in December of 2018, CBD products have become widely available in a variety of forms and application methods. You’ve probably seen CBD oil or CBD capsules advertised online, and you may be wondering if there’s a difference between the two. Both are viable delivery methods to reap the potential benefits of cannabidiol (CBD), which is a compound praised for its therapeutic potential.

Many people have found success using CBD as an alternative treatment for stress, anxiety, chronic pain, and other medical conditions. But depending on your specific needs, you may want faster relief or longer-lasting effects, which are both things you should consider when choosing which CBD product to use. To help you decide if CBD pills are the right application method for you, we’ve put together this brief guide. Read on to learn more about the effects of CBD pills, and how they may provide symptom relief.

What are CBD pills?

In the context of the CBD market, the terms pill and capsule are generally used interchangeably. They both refer to CBD supplements that come in a small, solid form to encapsulate CBD oil or powder.

CBD pills have the added bonus of easy dosing, so you know exactly how much CBD you are getting each time you swallow a capsule. Additionally, CBD capsules are a great option for people who dislike the taste or consistency of traditional hemp oils, since the pills are quick and easy to swallow and won’t leave an earthy after taste like many other CBD products. 

What are they good for?

Once consumed, CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for regulating other important processes and bodily functions related to mood, stress, sleep, and pain sensation. This regulatory component allows CBD to have a positive effect on multiple parts of the body. 

CBD has many possible benefits that have proven to be effective in treating a variety of ailments, including:

  • Reducing inflammation
  • Improving sleep habits
  • Chronic pain relief
  • Anxiety
  • Anti-seizure properties
  • Lowering stress levels and blood pressure

CBD has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant capabilities that many athletes and those with muscle soreness find helpful. Many people also use CBD as a natural aid for studying, public speaking, yoga, and mindfulness practices. When taken consistently, it can yield great long term effects. CBD capsules in particular lend themselves well to fostering improved general wellness and long-lasting results.

Administration and dosage

As an application method, CBD pills or capsules are easy to take and offer long-lasting relief. This is due to the slow absorption of CBD into the bloodstream, as the pills must go through the process of being digested by the body in order to take effect. As CBD products go, capsules generally take the longest to produce any results, usually offering relief within an hour of being taken.

CBD oil on the other hand usually takes anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes, and vapes produce relief almost immediately. Because of this time discrepancy, capsules are better suited for conditions that can benefit from longer lasting effects and consistent dosing.

With CBD dosage, it’s generally a good idea to start small and work your way up incrementally. With capsules, try the lowest recommended dosage (typically starting at 10mg per capsule) and see how it affects you. If you feel you need a higher dosage, adjust your dosage accordingly the next day.

Choosing the right CBD product

When considering CBD as a potential wellness supplement that you’d like to take, keep in mind that CBD has yet to be FDA-approved, and it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This is one reason why it’s important to look for brands that post certificates of analysis from third party labs on their website. Recent test results from an accredited lab are a good indicator that the brand takes the necessary precautions to ensure their products are safe, effective, and of high quality. You should also look for brands that use a clean extraction method and obtain their hemp from a trustworthy source.

Although according to The World Health Organization, CBD “is generally well tolerated, with a good safety profile.” Side effects are usually rare and minor. However, you should consult a doctor about CBD use if you are pregnant or nursing, take other prescription medications CBD could interact with, or have a serious health issue.

Do your own research before deciding if CBD is right for you, along with what product will work best to alleviate your symptoms. Application method, dosage, brand, and other product considerations are all worth discussing with your doctor if you’re unsure about any of them. If you dose carefully and pay attention to how your body responds, you should eventually land on something that fits your needs.

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